2020 Year of the Asian Reading Challenge | announcement and potential TBR

Year of the Asian, a 2020 Reading Challenge. Hosted by CW, Lily, Shealea, and Vicky

Hey everyone!!

As you can guess from the title and this beautiful banner, I am participating in the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge. I am so excited because this is one of my first reading challenges EVER.

I think this is a great opportunity to highlight supporting loads of Asian authors and it will encourage me to read even more Asian books then shout about it. Plus I think this challenge is ideal for me as it lasts a year (I think I would struggle with month readathons as I’m not the fastest reader) and it is really flexible.

You can find out how to join this challenge and sign up here. Please do.Β 

Also make sure you are following @YearOfTheAsian on twitter.

 

This challenge is hosted by a lovely group of bloggers who you need to be following:

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So you get to set a reading goal for the amount of Asian books you are going to read this year. I’m going for the ‘Indian Cobra’ badge which is 11-20 books. I’m aiming for around 15-20 books and I’m very excited!! (Please take a moment to appreciate the gorgeous drawings done by CW).

Green and blue award badge with a Indian Cobra in the center, and with two gold stars above the award.

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So I thought I would share some potential books that I might read this year. I don’t plan my TBR so this is probably more books than I will read this year but there are so many wonderful books I would like to read so here are some.

 

I have included the author’s ethnicity and the book setting/characters ethnicity to show you what part of Asian the story represents. Sometimes it was hard to find the specific information so please tell me or correct me if anything is wrong. I would really want to know.

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SEQUELS I NEED TO FINISH:

 

WILDCARD BY MARIE LU

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Author: Chinese-American

Book: Chinese American Main Character, set in Tokyo Japan.

I enjoyed the first one as it was really fast paced and unique. Despite the mix of reviews I am really excited about the set up for this one from the last book.


 

THE ROSE SOCIETY BY MARIE LU

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Author: Chinese-American

Book: Setting not specifically based from somewhere from what I can see

I really enjoyed the first one and I feel like it is one of those series which is going to get better as it goes on so I’m ready.


 

THE MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU

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Author: Chinese-American

Book: Setting not specifically based from somewhere from what I can see

Same as before as this is the last one to The Young Elites series.


 

THE DRAGON REPUBLIC BY R. F. KUANG

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Author: Chinese-American

Book: Grimdark fantasy inspired by Chinese 20th century history and set in Chinese inspired world

The Poppy War was a really complex military fantasy and although it was heavy I did enjoy it. Plus I’ve heard great things about the sequel.


 

WE FREE THE STARS BY HAFSAH FAIZAL

Releases on July 7th

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Author: American

Book: Ancient Arabia fantasy

I absolutely enjoyed the first one to the series. The world was immersive and the characters jumped off the page. The banter was effortless. It did have problems with pacing but overall I loved it so I can’t wait to see the last one in the duology.


 

HEROINE WORSHIP BY SARAH KUHN

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Author: A third generation Japanese American.

Book: Asian American protagonists, set in San Francisco

This book is the answer to when you need something fun. It is about superheroines in San Francisco. It does touch on the emotional side but it is mostly a lot of good fun.


 

A REAPER AT THE GATES BY SABAA TAHIR

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Author: Pakistani-American

Book: Ancient Rome inspired world with Middle-Eastern mythology

I really enjoyed this series and I can’t wait to get to this one. I love the characters so much and I think this will be a better book than the second one. I also adore the title.

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STANDALONES:

 

THE SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING BY WAI CHIM

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Author: First-Generation Chinese-American

Book: Chinese-Australian

I’ve heard such good things about this book so I need to pick it up! End of story.


 

FREEDOM SWIMMER BY WAI CHIM

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Author: First-Generation Chinese-American

Book: Chinese Historical fiction

I think this sounds like a great historical fiction as I haven’t read much about it at all so I would love to pick this one up.


 

PERMANENT RECORD BY MARY H. K. CHOI

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Author: Korean-American

Book: Korean-Pakistani Main Character, set in America

Mary H K Choi and her covers make me weak. I love them. I did enjoy Emergency Contact and I think she can write really complex, real characters so I want to pick this one up.


 

A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA BY TAHEREH MAFI

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Author: Iranian-American

Book: Focuses on Muslim American character in America after the events of 9/11

I read Vaishnavi’s review and I knew I wanted to pick this book up as soon as I could. I think it sounds like an emotional, real story which I will love.


 

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING BY RANDY RIBAY

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Author: Filipino-American

Book: Filipino-American Main Character and mostly set in the Philippines

Another case where I read an amazing review over at bookdragonsim and knew I had to pick it up. Plus I have continued to hear good things about it. It sounds like a remarkable story.Β 


 

THE WEIGHT OF OUR SKY BY HANNA ALKAF

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Author: Malaysian

Book: Historical Fiction set in Malaysia

This book covers a lot of things from the historical fiction aspect to dealing with OCD so I think it will be an important read and emotional. But I’m excited to experience this book and again I’ve heard a lot of good things.


 

THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME BY NAFIZA AZAD

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Author: Fijian

Book: Middle-Eastern inspired fantasy with Asian cast of characters.

It is not often that I find standalone fantasies so I’m always quite excited when I do. This sounds like a really cool fantasy which I can’t wait to get to.


 

EVERYTHING HERE IS BEAUTIFUL BY MIRA T. LEE

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Author: American

Book: Chinese-American characters, set in America

This is an emotional and heavy book but looking down at the reviews on goodreads it said it was very well done. Also it focuses on sisters which is great.


 

A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS, EDITED BY ELLEN OH AND ELSIE CHAPMAN

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Author: 15 authors from around Asia

Book: 15 stories with re-imagined stories of the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia

I heard a lot of good things about this anthology and I think it is one that I would genuinely love to read.Β 


 

EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS BY EMIKO JEAN

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Author: Japanese-American

Book: Japanese fantasy

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know too much about the plot but it said Japanese fantasy and I was curious.


 

THE SWORD OF KAIGEN BY M. L. WANG

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Author: American

Book: Eastern Asian (predominantly Japanese) inspired fantasy

I heard a lot of good things about this book and I need it. It sounds like an epic fantasy with a family at the centre.

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SERIES:

 

JADE CITY BY FONDA LEE

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Author: Canadian

Book: I couldn’t find anything more specific than Asian sci-fi/fantasy.

I’m not 100% sure but I think this is set in modern day which is so cool. It just sounds like an adult fantasy that I’m going to adore.


 

NOT YOUR SIDEKICK BY C. B. LEE

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Author: Chinese-Vietnamese American

Book: Chinese-Vietnamese main character, set in futuristic city

I love superheroes. That’s my whole reason.


 

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

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Author: Malaysian-British

Book: Asian cast (different characters from different regions), set in inspired Asian fantasy.

I’ve heard good things about this and it sounds like an unique fantasy with a f/f relationship.Β 


 

THE GILDED WOLVES BY ROSHANI CHOKSHI

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Author: Indian-Filipino American

Book: Historical Fiction set in Paris, Filipino-Spanish and Indian characters

This sounds like a really fun heist with a great cast of characters. So I need to read this ASAP.

SOS: But if any of you have read it can you tell me how much the tarantula is in it (because although my fear of spiders is a lot better, I still think the shadow of my book is a spider every night and have a mini heart attack.) I would just like to be prepared so if the book features any legs, hairs or eyes in detail please tell me. I mean even the word tarantula is horrible *insert essay where I elaborately describe my fear and disgust of the species*


 

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN BY RENÉE AHDIEH

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Author: South Korean-American

Book: YA retelling of A 1001 Arabian Nights, Middle Eastern inspired.

I think this is an enemies to lovers story so I’m excited about the angst that could be involved. Plus I haven’t read anything by Ahdieh yet.


 

SOFIA KHAN IS NOT OBLIGED BY AYISHA MALIK

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Author: British

Book: Pakistani characters, set in London

This is described as a fun adult contemporary and I think people dealing adulthood can always be quite hilarious.


 

THE READER BY TRACI CHEE

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Author: American

Book: Setting not specifically based from somewhere from what I can see

A fantasy series which I know Marie from Drizzle and Hurricane Books loves it which makes me even more excited. Plus it involves books so yay!


 

THE NEVER TILTING WORLD BY RIN CHUPECO

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Author: Filipina

Book: I couldn’t find specific information but features diverse characters

I haven’t read anything by Rin Chupeco and that needs to change. This sounds like an interesting world with interesting characters, what more do you want.


 

EMPIRE OF SAND BY TASHA SURI

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Author: British

Book: Mughal India-inspired fantasy

Another fantasy I need to read. I didn’t read many fantasies last year so I have a lot in my backlist to read but this sounds great. I think I saw someone tweeting about it but I can’t remember who now, sorry.

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2020 NEW RELEASES:

Some of the Asian 2020 releases that I’m excited to read. You can see more about them in my post here.

 

SCAVENGE THE STARS BY TARA SIM

Releases on January 7th

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Author: Indian-American

Book: Diverse characters (not specified anywhere that I can find), I don’t sure of the setting at the moment either


 

WICKED AS YOU WISH BY RIN CHUPECO

Releases on March 3rd

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Author: Filipina

Book: Filipino fantasy


 

THE HENNA WARS BY ADIBA JAIGIRDAR

Releases on May 12th

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Author: Bangladeshi-Irish

Book: Not sure where it is set but I think one character is Bengali.


FOREST OF SOULS BY LORI M. LEE

Releases on June 23rd

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Author: American

Book: Author referred to it as ‘Asians in fantasy’ with favourite her western tropes, bits of her cultural influence and a magic system inspired by Hmong shamanism.

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Are you taking part in the YARC 2020? What badge are you aiming for?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Have you got any recommendations for me?

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27 thoughts on “2020 Year of the Asian Reading Challenge | announcement and potential TBR

    1. I know!! I can’t wait to read them all!!
      I’m so glad you loved Wildcard, I’m excited to read it!!
      Yeah The Gilded Wolves plot sounds amazing!
      I know I always feel like I miss loads when I write my TBR too πŸ˜‚
      Best of luck with your challenge!! ❀

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  1. Good luck for YARC 2020! I did Indian Cobra last year too! This year I’m not joining any rn because I really want to focus on reading what I want- but I might actually join YARC because I have a strong sense of loyalty to Asian authors lol.

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    1. Thank you so much!! ❀ Yay!! I know it can add a certain pressure by joining a challenge so I only do year challenges which can be quite flexible! Yay it is a really great challenge and allows you to shout about Asian authors even more!! πŸ™‚

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  2. You know what?! I’m bookmarking this post!! I’ve been searching for good books with Asian charcters for so long, and now I’m aiming to read so many of these. A Very Large Expanse of Sea is really good, and I just got to completing Wildcard yesterday. It’s fine too.
    Loved this post! ❀

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    1. Ahh… that’s so great!! (and thank you so much) I’m so glad I could tell you about so many amazing books and I really hope you love them!!
      Yay I’m glad A Very Large Expanse of Sea is really good! I can’t wait to get to it! I’m glad you like Wildcard as well!! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much and thank you for reading!! ❀

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  3. I’m joining YARC this year as well and I cannot wait to get reading πŸ₯° Last time I aimed for the Cobra badge as well, but this time I’m choosing the lowest level – the Tarsier, as I hope to read at least 10 books by Asian authors! You have a lot of great books on your list (my personal favorites are Marie Lu’s books and A Very Large Expanse of Sea), I hope you enjoy reading them! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay, it is a really great reading challenge!! Me too!! πŸ™‚
      Oh that’s wonderful, I hope you get to find lots of great books this year!!
      Thank you, I’m really excited to read them all! Yay that makes me extra excited to read them!
      Thank you so much!! Good luck with this challenge!! ❀

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  4. ahhh, good luck on this challenge, Sophie!! i’m joining this year as well, and i’m aiming for the Malayan Tapir!!

    so many books on your TBR are on my TBR as well! and some of them are my faves! i hope you love them! i truly think that Patron Saints of Nothing could be the next THUG. just… the way it tackles this relevant issues in the Philippines so masterfully and paints it as a topic that isn’t just relevant to one country, but to the entire world? *chef’s kiss* Also, I love The Never Tilting World so much, and it is a hard fantasy to get into, but I swear, Rin Chupeco’s ideas are genius, and that book is definitely one of my favorites of 2019!! TNTW had such an amazing usage of multiple first person PoVs, and since the world is about a planet that’s divided into two sides–one living in perpetual day, the other in perpetual night, the worldbuilding is as brilliant as you’d expect it to be. i also love the book’s social commentary on environmental issues!!

    I also can’t wait to read The Henna Wars, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, Scavenge the Stars, and many more books in this post! I started A Very Large Expanse of Sea a while ago, and it was good, but even though i only read one chapter from it, it was already a hard read. the islamophobia that the main character goes through in just one chapter really hit me hard, and you can tell that the author is writing from experience.

    I loved reading this post so much, and I hope we both enjoy all the Asian book we read this year ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you so much Caitlin!! Best of luck to you as well, you can do this!!
      Yay I hope you enjoy all these books that you want to read!! πŸ™‚
      Thank you, I’m so excited to read Patron Saints of Nothing!! It sounds so amazing and important. I love that it talks about relevant topics and ahh.. I really need it!!
      Yay I’m glad to hear you loved TNTW. I still can’t believe I haven’t read any Rin Chupeco!! I love fantasies that you can sink your teeth into !! The world building, the characters, the concept, the commentary on issues– just wow. It sounds amazing!! gimme!! Thank you for this comment!!

      I know all those books sound amazing!!
      I bet the islamophobia was hard to read about and very heartbreaking!!

      Thank you so much Caitlin ❀ I hope so too and I really hope you love lots of books this year!!

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  5. Another great challenge! You’ve got some awesome books on this list. Empire of Sands by Tasha Suri is soooo good! I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.

    It has the angstyiest of angsty romances. Haha.

    I definitely want to read Forest of Souls and the Sword of Kaigen this year.

    Good luck!

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    1. Yay!! I love this challenge and I can’t wait to participate!! 😍
      Ahh.. that’s wonderul. I hope you love the second book just as much, if not more!!
      YESS I love angsty romances, gimme!! πŸ˜‚

      Yay I hope you enjoy them then!! I would love to hear your thoughts!!

      Thank you again!! πŸ’•

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  6. Good luck with all of these! It looks like you’ve got some fantastic books on this TBR so I think you’ll have a great year of reading πŸ˜€ And I love how much diversity these books have! Lots of these are on my own TBR as well, like Not Your Sidekick, The Reader, and The Never Tilting World. Hopefully we both love them!!

    As for The Gilded Wolves (a fantastic book, by the way), the tarantula bits weren’t too bad. I’m also deathly afraid of spiders, and even though I wasn’t terribly HAPPY with the fact that there is a tarantula in the book, it doesn’t really go into detail as far as I can remember. I mostly just skimmed over those bits lol.

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret!! πŸ’• Yay I can’t wait to get to reading them all. I’m so excited!! Yes it is great to read lots of diverse books and I love the book community for bringing so many amazing ones to my radar!!
      Hopefully we will both love them and I would love to hear your thoughts on them 😊

      Thank you SO, SO much!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t want the tarantula to stop me from reading it, I just wanted to be prepared. πŸ˜‚ You have definitely made me feel better and I’m glad it doesn’t go into too much detail!! And yes you can always skim those parts πŸ˜‚ Thank you again!!

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  7. I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea last year and really enjoyed it!! Looking forwards to hearing what you think of it. πŸ™‚ I’m always trying to read more of Marie Lu’s books, as well. πŸ™‚

    I’ve heard of this challenge, but haven’t really looked into it. It looks interesting though!!
    Best of luck with your goals!

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    1. Aw.. I’m glad you enjoyed A Large Expanse of Sea, I can’t wait to get to it!! Yay I think I will really enjoy it!!
      Yes she writes great books with a great pace!! 😍

      Yeah I really like this challenge as it can be so flexible to what type of books you like and there are so many amazing books out there!! 😍
      Thank you so much!! πŸ’›

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  8. Wow this is the ultimate tbr list!! 😍😍 I joined YARC for the first time, and I’m getting ready to start The Gilded Wolves as my first book. I have an ARC of The Silvered Seprents, so I also can’t wait for that one! πŸ™‚ I also want to read Dumpling and A Very Large Expanse of Sea. Best of luck with the challenge, Sophie!

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    1. Aww.. Thank you!! It has so many books that I want to read!! 😍
      Yay best of luck with YARC, it is going to be so fun!!
      Oohhh.. an ARC!! That’s awesome, I hope you love them both!!
      YES those two books sounds SO good!! 😍
      Thank you so much!! πŸ’›

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  9. Good luck with reading all these amazing Asian books!! I’ve only read a few of these, but I hope you LOVE a Reaper at the Gates! I still need to finish up Wildcard as well! I liked the first book but I did hear some underwhelming things about the second so I’ve been hesitant to read them! lol. I’m hoping to check out Empress of All Seasons, Empire of of Sand, and Wicked as You Wish at some point this year! Happy reading! ❀

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’m very excited 😍!!
      Ahh… I’m glad you loved A Reaper at the Gates. I’m very excited to get to it!! I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet !!
      I know I’ve heard mixed things too so I’m nervous but I’m still hopeful too!!
      Oohhh I hope you enjoy them all!
      Thank you, happy reading to you too!! πŸ’›

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  10. Hi Sophie!!
    So glad to see so many books by Asian authors on your TBR πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed Jade City so I’m hoping that you will like this book (and the sequel if you ever decide to read it!!) I am looking forward to reading the Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling book as well πŸ™‚

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    1. Hello Sophie!!
      I’m really excited to read them all!! 😍 I remember your review for Jade City and it made me very excited to read it. Hopefully I will love it and want to read the sequel straight away πŸ˜‚
      Yay I hope we both love it then!! 😊Happy Reading!! πŸ’›

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